OBITUARY: Margie Ray Canaday


Margie Ray Canaday, of Lebanon, TN passed away on March 20, 2023 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Margie was born in Lexington, TN on September 4, 1936 to William Paul and Liddie Ruth McBride.

Margie was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Fred Canaday, having been married in Waterloo, Illinois on January 25, 1964.

She is survived by her 5 children: Steve (Paulette) Canaday, Lowell, IN; Louis (Teresa) Canaday, Gaines, MI; Todd (Carol) Canaday, Gallatin, TN; Marcia (Dan) Escobar, Lebanon, TN; Sheryl (Richard) Georgas, Munster, IN. Also surviving are their 19 grandchildren along with spouses/partners: Steve – Brian Simdars, Sheri Simdars-Betz, Felicia Kersey, Angela Baron, Vanessa Baron, Janessa McKinney, Louis – Amanda Bolen, Melissa Lutterman, Melinda Cherry, Todd – Paul Canaday, Travis Canaday, Joshua Canaday, Marcia – Deahna Cring, Nathan Escobar, Bethany McMillan, Sheryl – Brendan Georgas, Sean Georgas, Amelia Georgas and Matthew Georgas.

Each grandchild’s family who have children have provided the blessing and legacy of 38 Great Grandchildren whom Margie was thrilled to love.

Margie is survived by her precious younger sister, Linda Brittain, of Jackson, TN.

Margie was preceded in death by her parents, William Paul and Liddie Ruth McBride, her sisters, Franklin Lafay, Bobbie Luna, Ruth Angiemay, Alice Gay, Shirley Jean, and her brother William Murrell.

Margie’s mission in life was to make sure that all of her family members, friends and acquaintances knew of her relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, encouraging them to also have this same relationship with Him. She unashamedly shared the Gospel with anyone who would listen. She began this mission in her early years of her walk with Christ by teaching children’s Sunday School class while faithfully leading her 5 children in daily Bible Reading. She continued this mission by serving the Lord with her husband in various church ministries, and in overseas missions.

In addition to being the most wonderful mother in the world, Margie, after only an 8th grade education, became the executive administrator of Professional Urethanes, Inc, the commercial roofing company she and Fred started in 1978. Their united business success supplied them with the financial ability to provide for their family and to travel and minister to many overseas Pastors and their families.

Margie enjoyed cooking the most delicious meals for her family, and was an avid gardener, canning what she and her family harvested. Margie’s greatest joy was spending time with her children and their spouses, playing with her dear grandchildren, playing games with unbridled hilarity, and singing joyful songs about Jesus. Margie/Mom/Grandma will be missed by so many!

A celebration of Margie’s Heavenly home-going will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Hunter Funeral Home at 209 W Main St, Watertown TN followed by her burial at Hunter Memorial Park, 9767 Sparta Pike (US -70), Watertown TN. Visitation will begin at 12 noon followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 1 pm at the funeral home.


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